While much of the winter season is focused on the basketball court, wrestling mats and hockey rinks, the area’s track stars were hard at work to hone their crafts during the indoor season to prepare themselves for the spring ahead.
Several area athletes did that better than most this past season, going up against the state’s best and coming away with excellent results. The five members of the 2017 All-Herald Indoor Track Team ran and threw their way up their respective class and state leaderboards and onto this list. As such, there are plenty of familiar names.
Berlin’s Vanessa Reimer needs no introduction to those who follow the sport. Also an all-state softball player, the senior saw an enormous amount of success on the track. Reimer was a National and New England qualifier and was at her best in the 55-meter dash, where she placed second in Class M and fourth at the State Open. Those strong performances not only helped her earn all-conference honors, but All-State as well.
A strong student in the classroom, Reimer will be running track at Boston College next year, but not before she leaves Berlin with four records to her name.
Southington’s Amanda Howe makes her second appearance on the All-Herald team. The junior had an all-conference season competing in the shot put, taking third place at the State Open and 15th at New Englands. She also competed at Nationals in the emerging elite category, where she finished 23rd in the shot, and seventh in weight as well as the championship category in weight, which resulted in a 25th-place finish. With still another season to go, it could be tough for her competition moving forward.
Her teammate, Megan Biscoglio, was another strong performer for the Blue Knights. The junior was terrific in the pole vault, where she consistently ranked near the top. Biscoglio finished second in the CCC meet, fourth in Class LL and sixth at the State Open. Along with an all-conference selection, she was a New Balance Nationals qualifier and holds the school record for pole vault at 11-6. With a season still to go, expect big things from Biscoglio in the following seasons.
On the boys side, Southington continues to show its strong track program with the selection of junior Zach Burleigh. The Blue Knight earned all-conference honors in the pole vault as well with his best jump at 11-6 and finished as a state qualifier. He is also a strong student, attaining first honors.
New Britain’s Carlos Villarini rounds out our All-Herald team. The junior took ninth in Class LL in the 300-meter dash and helped the 4x200 meter relay place 11th. These finishes helped him earn all-conference, making Villarini someone to keep an eye on in the spring and into next season.